fox question....

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Joined: 04/12/2006

I had a woolie (felted wool nesting pocket) in my Dogwood tree, about 5 feet off the ground, with a wren in it. I've been monitoring the nest for a while now and this morning I had a terrible surprise; something had bitten two holes (almost perfect little circles) into the woolie (about 1.5-2 inches in diameter) and remnants of the nest lay on the ground and there were no babies in sight. Is this something a fox would do? Bite holes into a woolie to get to the babies? I know I have a least one fox because I hear it screaming and/or barking at night (plus I have seen occasionally throughout the years). Would hanging the woolie higher in the tree have helped? I figured the fox was eating the field mice and moles.

I also have owls and snakes, but the holes in the woolie did not look like something an owl or a snake would be capable of creating. Also, I heard a pack of coyotes a few nights ago, but I think my dog (husky) would go nuts if they came into the yard (he's used to the fox). Thank you in advance for any advice/thoughts on what did this and how I can prevent it from happening in the future.